PURSUIT by Robert L. Fish


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A WW II melodrama with lots of energy to sustain its bizarre plot: Colonel Helmut von Schraeder, the 29-year-old Monster of Maidanek who is responsible for murdering a million Jews, knows that Germany is doomed and that he must engineer his escape. What does Schraeder do? Becomes a Jew! He gets a plastic surgeon to revamp his features, goes through a mock death by typhus, has himself ""cremated,"" and expects to scrounge his way into Switzerland where the more farsighted Nazis have salted their funds in expectation of forming a postwar nco-Nazi party. But Schraeder unexpectedly gets shipped to Bergen-Belsen and has to spend a year in that camp as a Jewish inmate. After liberation by the British, he is foiled time and again in attempting to get to Switzerland and is taken in tow by Brodsky, a Jew working to establish the state of Israel. Somehow Schraeder finds himself in Palestine, unwillingly fighting the British, and becomes a celebrated Israeli warrior. Years pass; the nco-Nazi funds in Switzerland are irapounded; Schraeder (now called Grossman) has a small family. His son Herzl becomes a Zionist filmmaker and, in researching a film about the Nazis, is surprised by films of Colonel Schraeder--who looks so much like himself! You won't believe in it for a moment, but you might keep reading anyway--veteran Fish knows how to bait a hook.

Pub Date: Nov. 3rd, 1978
Publisher: Doubleday